Basic conditions do not exist for free, fair, and transparent elections in Honduras. A cloud of intimidation and restrictions on assembly and free speech affect the climate in which these elections take place. It is crucial that these conditions prior to the elections be considered and included in any U.S. government observations about the electoral process. Even at this late date, the United States should consistently and vigorously press for the restoration of elected President Manuel Zelaya. U.S. policy should focus intensively on ensuring the full restoration of all of the civil liberties and human rights that have been severely eroded since June 28th.
Please follow this link to read WOLA and LAWG's full joint statement regarding the Honduran elections.